Home invasion turns fatal for Ozone Park dad: NYPD

By Sadef Ali Kully

While 51-year old Frankie Nieves was getting his daughter ready for school Monday morning, two robbers entered his home and fatally shot him in Ozone Park, police said.

Police said officers from the 106th Precinct responded to the call of a male shot around 7:56 a.m. and found Nieves unconscious and unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the chest inside his home on Peconic Street.

Emergency responders took Nieves to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to a police source, Nieves had had a couple of drug-related arrests several years ago and six other prior arrests not related to illegal drugs.

On the 106th Precinct Community Council’s Facebook page, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff wrote Monday, “It’s a new year and, unfortunately, we have taken our 1st shooting homicide for the year. It occurred this morning at 7:56 a.m. … [Two] dark skinned male Hispanics have been reported to have committed this crime. It seems to be drug related at this time. The investigation is continuing.”

Based on friends’ Facebook posts and comments, Nieves was a good person and a regular at the Howard Beach branch of Gold’s Gym at Crossbay Boulevard.

Police sources said Nieves’s brother, who was not identified by police officials, arrived a little before the fatal home invasion took place. Police said the daughter and brother both were present at the time of the incident — neither was injured, according to police officials.

Police said Wednesday no arrests had been made and the investigation was ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit website www. nypdcrimestoppers.com or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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